Japan’s whistleblower laws set to change

Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency is currently considering amendments to expand the scope and increase the effectiveness of Japan's whistleblower protection laws. The proposal is earmarked for implementation later this year. ... Read more

New podcast on conducting internal investigations in Asia

Robert Hunt, a partner in the firm's corporate crime and investigations practice, has recorded a podcast for the Corporate Compliance and Ethics Blog on trends in internal investigations in Asia. Whilst investigations used to be largely corruption-related, Rob is seeing… Read more

SINGAPORE PAYMENTS AND FINTECH UPDATE

In this bulletin we cover the following key developments in the payments and fintech space: Payment Services Bill: On 14 January 2019, the Payment Services Bill (Bill) was passed by the Singapore Parliament. When it comes into force, the Payment… Read more

Corporate Crime update – December 2018

Welcome to the December 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. This month, we would like to wish all of our regular readers a… Read more

Thailand’s new anti-corruption law targets foreign corporates

Thailand is the latest Asian jurisdiction to strengthen its anti-graft legislation. India, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and China have all introduced anti-bribery legislation this year. The net effect is an uptick in the local enforcement risk for corporates operating in… Read more

Corporate Crime update – June 2018

Welcome to the June 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. For the full update on each jurisdiction, please click on the name of the jurisdiction below. Below… Read more

REGULATION IN THE AGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES

Blockchain technology is ushering in a new epoch of monetary oversight, creating opportunities and challenges for regulators in a world disrupted by the advent of cryptocurrencies As of 3 May 2018, according to CoinMarketCap, the current market capitalisation of Bitcoin… Read more

Corporate Crime update – April 2018

Welcome to the April 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. Below we provide a brief overview of… Read more

MALAYSIA INTRODUCES NEW LAW TO COMBAT CORPORATE BRIBERY

The Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) Act 2018 was passed by the Senate of Malaysia on 5 April 2018. One of the major amendments is the introduction of section 17A. Modelled on the UK Bribery Act's corporate offence, it penalises commercial organisations… Read more

Corporate Crime update – March 2018

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. For the full update on each jurisdiction,… Read more

Singapore’s first cryptocurrency dispute to go to trial

There has been a significant increase in interest in, and the use of, cryptocurrencies in recent times. Cryptocurrencies are essentially de-centralised virtual currencies, which are not linked to any particular country, nor regulated by any central bank or monetary authority.… Read more

SINGAPORE ENTITY TO PAY SIGNIFICANT PENALTY FOR BRIBERY ABROAD

Just before Christmas Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, a Singapore incorporated company, entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the United States Department of Justice. The DPA provides for payment of penalties of over US$400 million. The penalties are… Read more

MAS CLARIFIES STANCE ON DIGITAL TOKENS

On 1 August 2017, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) clarified through a media release that an offer or issue of digital tokens would be regulated if these tokens constitute products which are regulated under the Securities and Futures Act… Read more

China Cyber Security Law: Latest Developments

China's Cyber Security Law (CSL) came into force on 1 June 2017. To read the summary of the key systems required to be implemented and their current status prepared by our teams in China and Sydney, click here.  The bulletin… Read more